Experience

  • Internal Investigations

    • An internal review for a special committee of a large retailer arising from a data breach.
    • An internal review for the Audit Committee of a multinational agriculture biotechnology company into revenue recognition issues reported by a whistleblower to the SEC.
    • An internal review for the audit committee of a large consumer finance company relating to accounting issues raised by a whistleblower.
    • An internal review for a large national bank of accounting issues relating to the disposition of certain private equity investments.
    • An internal review for a multinational technology company into revenue recognition and other accounting issues raised by a whistleblower in a foreign subsidiary.
    • An internal review for the Audit Committee of BG Group relating to issues arising in an investigation by Italian authorities into allegations of corruption in a project in Brindisi, Italy.
    • An internal review for a Special Committee of a leading online brokerage firm arising from a shareholder derivative demand relating to sales of auction rate securities.
    • An internal review for the legal department of a multinational carmaker into allegations set forth by anonymous whistleblowers concerning internal audit and compliance issues.
    • An internal review of a whistleblower allegation relating to tax reserves and other accounting issues at a major consumer products company.
    • An internal review for a special committee of a European-based telecommunications company into revenue recognition issues raised by its auditors under Section 10A.
    • An internal review under Section 10A for a large pharmaceutical company into a number of accounting issues raised in the press and related to the company’s restatement.
  • Company Representations

    • Large non-bank financial institution in connection with an SEC investigation relating to various accounting issues in its mortgage origination and servicing businesses.
    • KKR in its settlement with the SEC relating to the allocation of broken deal expenses between its investment funds.
    • JPMorgan Chase in SEC and other regulatory investigations relating to the issuance of RMBS securities.
    • One of the world’s largest financial institutions in SEC, FINRA and other regulatory inquiries relating to the Facebook IPO.
    • Deutsche Telekom in United States Department of Justice and SEC investigations relating to payments made by its Hungarian subsidiary, Magyar Telekom.
    • European member firm of a Big Four auditor in a PCAOB inquiry relating to auditor independence issues.
    • Royal Dutch Shell in SEC and DOJ investigations, securities class actions and shareholder derivative actions arising out of Shell’s proved oil and gas reserves recategorization.
    • Dollar General Corporation in securities class actions, shareholder derivative actions and an SEC investigation related to Dollar General’s 2001 restatement.
    • MicroStrategy in an SEC investigation relating to the company’s restatement of accounting for sales of computer software.
    • Barrick Gold Corporation in a successful resolution of a U.S. securities class action arising from its suspension of operations at its Pascua Lama mine and in a subsequent class action relating to another South American mine.
    • A large media company in an SEC investigation relating to impairment and reserve accounting issues.
  • Individual Representations

    • Former CEO of Valeant Pharmaceuticals in government investigations and civil securities class actions and other litigation relating to the company’s restatement and sales practices.
    • Outside Board members and Audit Committee of a healthcare company in government investigations relating to accounting and FCPA issues.
    • Former senior financial executive of Lumber Liquidators in securities class action, shareholder derivative litigation, and government investigations arising from reports of tainted flooring products.
    • Former senior executive of a biotech company in securities class actions, shareholder derivative litigation and an SEC investigation arising from the actions of certain investor and public relations firms hired by the company.
    • Successful defense of a former senior financial executive of Fannie Mae in multiple securities class actions and other civil litigation arising out of the financial crisis.
    • A former financial executive of AOL Time Warner in an SEC action arising out of the company’s restatement.
    • The former CEO of a reinsurance company in securities class actions and individual lawsuits arising out of the company’s disclosure of losses from Hurricane Katrina.
    • A successful defense of a senior financial executive of General Electric in an SEC investigation arising from the company’s restatements.
    • Successful defense of former BISYS senior financial officer in an SEC investigation arising from a restatement.
    • A former chief financial officer of an equipment leasing company in SEC and Department of Justice investigations into securities fraud.
    • Successful defense of a former senior American International Group employee in an SEC investigation arising out of certain off-balance sheet transactions with a national bank.
    • Successful defense of a hedge fund managing director in an SEC insider trading investigation involving PIPEs transactions.

Education

  • Harvard Law School, 1992, J.D.
  • College of William & Mary, 1989, B.A.

Languages

  • English